Tuesday, September 16, 2014

31DC2014: Day 16

OMG, so I just realized that I totally forgot to do my nails for today. All day I was thinking "Oh yeah, I got those done, I'll just go post them when I am done my homework."
WRONG, I was thinking of the theme for tomorrow. So I just had to slap something on my nails and get pics and hurry it all together! I had a design in mind but had to tone it down a little for the last minute version.

The theme for today is Tribal/Geometric. (And not glitter. Which I thought until just now.)

I threw on my favorite pink polish, Color Club - Peppermint Twist.
The image is from Bundle Monster plate BM-402 and I stamped with Konad White.
I added a little bit of glitter detail with Color Club - Sexy Siren.

Originally I wanted more glitter detail added (and I was gonna try the whole thing freehand) but that being said, I am still pretty pleased with these! I think they're cute.

What do you think of my last-minute-mani?! OMG, now I need to de-stress. Haha! Thankfully I know for sure I have tomorrow's done... Heh.

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous day 16 designs:

Monday, September 15, 2014

31DC2014: Day 15

Hey everyone! Today's theme is Delicate Print. This theme can be interpreted a lot of ways and this year I wanted to go with some delicate (but still vibrant) pastels and I made them even more delicate by adding an adorable feather stamp.

I did the gradient over a white base, putting the colors directly on the sponge and then adding layers on the nail to build the opacity but remain soft. The colors are Lime Crime - Pastelchio and Lime Crime - Once In A Blue Mousse.

This image comes from Sugar Bubbles plate SB 020. I first did the stamping in white but it was practically invisible so I did it again using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - S-teal a Base.
I actually left the white stamps too for a layered look... and you can't even see it in pictures. I'm really glad I didn't just leave it with the white. Ha!

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous day 15 designs:

The World of Weir Blog Tour! - Warriors Nail Design + Tutorial

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Hey guys! Doing something a little different here today - a blog tour! Let's take a look into The World of Weir.

I'm psyched to help kick off this really cool blog tour! Here's more about it from the publisher:

Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer’s Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

Nails and books? Great combo! 
The posts for Week 1 are about The Warriors. So let's take a look at my Warriors-inspired manicure and tutorial!

Tada! Just like the fierce (but also elegant) hilt on the warriors sword. The swirled gold design with the big red stone totally stood out to me, and I knew my manicure had to be based on it. 

There is a video tutorial a little further down, but here is the lowdown on how to get this look. 
You start out with a metallic gold base. I used China Glaze - 2030, but you can use any gold polish you have.
To create the dimensional and mixed-finish look, you apply gold striping tape once your base is dry. You wanna be able to remove and reposition the tape if you need to, so really let it dry well to avoid headache later. I applied four stripes horizontally (3 on my tiny pinky nail) and then another small piece in the other direction at the top to balance the nail. Use cuticle nippers to easily and closely trim the edges. 
Apply a generous amount of topcoat to seal in the striping tape, and while your topcoat is still wet, place your rhinestones. I recommend working one nail at a time here so each will be nice and wet for the rhinestone to stick to. 
Optionally, you can add another coat of topcoat to really seal the rhinestone in, but I prefer not to cover it for this look so that you can still see the facets of the stone. 

Now check out the tutorial! I made it specifically for Instagram, nice 'n quick and easily shareable! 

I hope you guys liked this manicure! Please show me if you recreate it.

The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer’s Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

OFFICIAL LINKS for #TheSorcererHeir
Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s Official Site
Follow Cinda Williams Chima on Twitter
Follow Disney-Hyperion on Twitter and Instagram

WEEK 1: THE WARRIORS September 14 – September 20
WEEK 2: THE WIZARDS September 21 –  September 27
WEEK 3: THE SEERS September 28 – October 4
WEEK 4: THE ENCHANTERS October 5 – October 11
WEEK 5: THE SORCERERS October 12 – October 18

Here's the calendar for the rest of Week 1 of the blog tour:

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

31DC2014: Day 14

Hey everyone! I am the saddest panda today because this day last year I was seeing my favorite band in my favorite city with my oldest friend on my birthday weekend and it was just greeeeeat and I wish I was there again!! :(
Maybe next year. 

Day 14's theme is Floral! I wanted to do some kind of stamping decal and make a big pretty flower, but it turns out I don't have a nice big flower image like I wanted. So I decided to do a little simple freehand daisy design and it turned out ultra cute.

The base color is Essie - Topless and Barefoot which is a beautiful nude. It takes three coats to be flawless but it dries quick and doesn't drag.
I did the white with a nail art pen/striper from Simply Spoiled Beauty, and the centers of the flowers are OPI - I Just Can't Cope-acabana

It didn't take long to create this look and it is definitely pleasing to wear! I just wish I could have worn it longer because I bet it would have gotten loads of compliments.

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous day 14 designs:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

31DC2014: Day 13

It'ssssss my birthdaaaaaay!! The big 24. And once again, the theme for the 31 Day Challenge happens to be Animal Print and it's great.
Every year I do leopard which is kinda predictable I guess but it's my favorite nail look to wear so why not? It's my birthday after all! 

This year I was inspired by my favorite birthday gift...

OMG this watch gives me life. And so do the nails!!

I had to use the perfect polish for a manicure inspired by the Betsey Johnson leopard print.
Sephora by OPI - It's My Pink from the Betsey collection. And it's even scented like her perfume! I can totally smell it even through my smelly Seche Vite.

I did the leopard a bit different from what I usually do to more closely mimic the Betsey pattern, and it takes a bit longer thanks to the added attention to the detail however I reallyyyy like the look it produces and I will probably do it more often now.
I used a small nail art brush to do the choppy black spots. The pink on the insides is an unnamed Art Club striper polish.

Now take a walk down memory lane and check out my previous Day 13 designs: